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Seattle man charged with hate crime for attck on Sikh Uber driver

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — A Seattle-area man is being charged with a hate crime for the alleged assault of an Sikh American Uber driver. 22-year-old Grifin Sayers is charged with second-degree assault and malicious harassment. Police say Sayers grabbed the driver by his throat and squeezed while he was sitting in the vehicle. He also apparently made comments about the driver’s “dark skin” and “turban.” The driver, whose identity has not been released, was able to escape and call 911. Sayers denies the assault took place.

Indian lawmakers passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill that gives religious minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh the opportunity to apply for fast-track Indian citizenship. The Bill stipulates though they must be Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Parsi or Buddhist. Muslims are not listed. In a statement, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said they were deeply troubled by the bill, saying it establishes “a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India agrees to supply Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — India confirmed they will fulfill the order the U.S. made for hydroxychloroquine, just a couple of days after they banned all exports of the malaria treatment without exception. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi spoke about keeping the supply chain intact over the weekend. And India says the U.S. purchase was approved before President Trump said there would be ‘retaliation’ if the drug was not released, medicine that is being used to treat coronavirus patients without definitive evidence it works. India says they have enough hydroxychloroquine stock for its people today, but reserves the right to hold back the supply if their COVID-19 caseload increases.

One day after he defended firing Captain Brett Crozier from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt by calling him “stupid,” Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned. Modly was severely criticized for firing Crozier, after the captain wrote an alarming letter seeking faster assistance for his sailors exposed to COVID-19 on board, a letter that was leaked to the press.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump calls on Modi to supply Hydroxychloroquine

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — President Trump spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the weekend about how the two nations would combat the coronavirus, with a focus on ensuring the supply chain for pharmaceuticals and medical goods continues. But at a press conference, when informed India had banned the export of the drug hydroxychloroquine “without any exceptions,” Trump threatened retaliation. Hydroxychloroquine is typically used to treat malaria, but some COVID-19 patients have found it helpful. And the President has been touting it during his press conferences, without a clinical trial proving if it is indeed effective. India provides nearly half of America’s supply of the medicine. It is not clear whether India’s ban would apply to orders already placed.

Prime Minister Modi called on his nation to unite in the battle against COVID-19 by lighting diyas for 9 minutes at 9 pm Sunday night. Millions of people around India took part, which is now entering its third week of being mandated to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump tells India to supply hydroxychloroquine or face ‘retaliation’

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During a White House Press briefing, President Trump recounted having a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Modi Sunday morning about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. When informed by reporters that Modi was unlikely to release to any nation hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria that may be helpful in treating COVID-19, Trump responded in shock, stating that he didn’t like the plan and that he would be surprised if this was the Prime Minister’s decision due to India’s strong economic ties with the United States in the trade sector. Trump stated that this course of action wouldn’t be consequence free, and that there may be retaliation in response. 

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